LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Dartmouth softball team fell to DePaul, 6-2, before dropping a 10-0 decision to Cal Poly in four innings in the opening two games of the LMU Tournament in Los Angeles, California.
The Big Green are now 0-10-1, while the Blue Demons are 12-8 and the Mustangs are 20-7.
In game one Dartmouth squared off with DePaul, sending its most experienced pitcher, Breanna Ethridge to the circle. She hurled six innings, allowing just five hits with as many strikeouts. The Blue Demons got off to a fast start when Dylan Christensen led off with a double to right-center field. She scored on Nicole Phil’s two-out, two-run home run, giving DePaul the early 2-0 lead.
After a scoreless second, the Blue Demons tacked on another run in the third when Jessica Cothern smacked an RBI double to left. In the top of the fourth, the Big Green tried to get a rally going, when Maddie Damore reached first on a fielder’s choice, before advancing to second on a passed ball and then to third on an error. Calista Almer tried to bring Damore home, but hit right back to the first baseman to end the inning.
DePaul added to its lead in its bottom half of the inning when Erin Andris bunted and reached on an error as Ana Greik scored from second. On the following at-bat, Micah Fitzgerald also reached on an error which plated another run. The Blue Demons scored one final time in the fourth when Christensen hit a sacrifice fly to center field as Andris crossed home plate for the final run of the inning and a commanding 6-0 lead.
Dartmouth got on the scoreboard in the sixth when Morgan Martinelli hit a two-out double to left field. She eventually scored on Damore’s RBI base hit to center. In the bottom half of the inning, Ethridge was able to retire the side, giving the Big Green one last shot in the top of the seventh.
Dartmouth loaded up the bases with one out and plated a run when Micah Schroder flied out to right field, as Almer came home from third. Unfortunately, this would be the only Big Green run of the inning after Lourlin Lara grounded out to third to end the ball game.
In game two, Morgan Ebow got the start in the circle for Dartmouth, for the fourth start of her rookie season. Cal Poly’s offense exploded for two runs in each of its first three innings. In the first, Chelsea Convissar singled after Amanda Sandoval led off with a walk. Convissar eventually scored on a passed ball for the first run of the game. Two batters later, Courtney Tyler was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded which scored Sandoval and gave the Mustangs a 2-0 lead.
Cal Poly added two more runs in the second when Stephanie Heyward hit an RBI single up the middle. The next batter was Sierra Hyland who was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple, but not before Convissar crossed home for the 4-0 lead.
In the third, Tessa Grossman came into pitch for Ebow, but the Mustangs added two more runs to their lead. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Hailey Martin hit an RBI single to right field before Ashley Tornio hit a sacrifice fly to left field. Grossman was able to settle down and managed to get out of the inning without allowing any more runs.
Cal Poly put the game out of reach for good in the fourth by plating five runs of just two hits. Makenna Young got the rally going with an RBI base hit to the shortstop before the Mustangs loaded the bases. A walk by Torino tacked on another run before Sandoval walked which extended Cal Poly’s lead to 8-0.
Ebow returned to the game to pitch for Grossman, but the Mustangs scored again when Convissar hit a sacrifice fly to right field. The final two runs of game came from Alyssa McKiernan, who hit a two-RBI single through the left side to put her team up 11-0. This is where the contest would end due to the run rule.
The Big Green return to action tomorrow taking on Sacramento State at 4 p.m. EST.